They might not be able to talk, but don’t write off the four-legged buddies out there when it comes to valuable life lessons—actions speak louder than words (or barks). Perk up those ears: If you pay enough attention, you might just pick up on eight lessons your dog can teach you.
Playtime is Important
Work hard, play hard right? One of our favorite parts of dog ownership is the luxurious pause we hit in life while taking a stroll through the park with Fido on a sunny day.
Allow Yourself to be Loved
We don’t necessarily mean flopping over on your belly in the middle of the sidewalk to get your belly rubbed, but be open to new experiences as well as opportunities for rich relationships.
When All Else Fails, Sleep On It
Dogs sleep a lot more than humans, so they would know. When it comes to decision making, sometimes a little shut eye is exactly what you need to make an informed decision.
One Man’s Garbage is Another Dog’s Treasure
For better or for worse…
Mistakes are Important and Sometimes Even Necessary
Trial and error is one of the most crucial methods of learning. Be open to failure and you’ll go further in life than you ever could have imagined.
Chase Your Tail…er…Dreams
Maybe it’s a tennis ball or maybe it’s a promotion at work… chase your dreams and channel the tenacity of a terrier to get ‘er done.
Forgive and Forget
The memory span of our furry companions can’t quite compete with ours, so they’re definitely the authority on letting bygones be bygones. No one has time for grudges—move on to greener pastures for a sunny romp, and forget about your hangups.
Stop and smell the roses
Especially when Fido decides to take a dump next to a rose bush.
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